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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:18:25 -0500
Subject: Thanks! Your advise, effort & attempts to assist me is appreciated.

Hello my humble friend,
Greetings to you and your entire family? I hope you all are doing just fine! It is with huge honor to write you today hoping your job/business activities are doing  very well to date.
I hope you have not forgotten me so soon? It's me Lynn Faye William, the woman from California United States investing on Crude Oil Business in Western Africa Lagos Nigeria who contacted and chat with you some time ago to assist me secure the release of some Oil contract/inheritance money some time ago.
Though you were not able to assist me conclude the transaction at that time, I am just happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the assistance and co-operation of a new partner from El Paso Texas.
Though, presently am in Switzerland for investment projects after the transaction was successful. Meanwhile, i didn't forget your past advice, efforts and attempts to assist me in getting those funds at that time. So, i came to think of your past generous effort to assist me and make sure you are not left out of the benefit of the transaction.
Hence, I kept aside for you the sum of (US$6.5 Million) only, deposited in an account with Citi Bank Plc Nigeria, Lagos Western Africa, in care of the account manager Jeffery A. Roland a very trustworthy and reliable account manager whom you can easily get along with to receive the funds.
Please accept this token with faith, I and my new partner agreed to compensate you with that amount for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me at that time. Therefore, please kindly get in touch with Jeffery A. Roland on how to get the funds transferred to you without any further delay.
Please do let me know immediately the funds is been received by you so that we can both share the joy together after all the stress of the transaction at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here in Switzerland with an Oil Investment Projects which is taking most of my time and schedules.
Meanwhile, feel free to get in touch with Jeffery A. Roland immediately as he await to hear from you any moment sooner and below is the contact to him.
Contact Person:
Jeffery A. Roland  (Account Manager).
Citi Bank Plc Nigeria.
Victoria Island Lagos,
Nigeria Western Africa.
E-mail:  or
Thank you so very much and have a blessed day ahead with your lovely family.
Ms Lynn William.

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